St. Joseph's Downs Butler, 23-7

St. Joseph's Downs Butler, 23-7

Oct. 22, 2005

Box Score

Quarterback Anthony Lindsey passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting St. Joseph's to a 23-7 victory over Butler in a non-league game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 22. The win was the sixth in a row for St. Joseph's and lifted the Pumas to 6-3 on the season. Butler fell to 0-8.

Lindsey, who completed 23 of 36 passes in the game, threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to Dan Paulsen and three yards to Kevin Rees in the second quarter. Tailback Greg Ford added a 16-yard touchdown run in the second period to help St. Joseph's to a 20-0 halftime lead.

The Pumas added a 35-yard field goal from Aaron Patten in the fourth quarter, before Butler mounted a 13-play, 67-yard scoring drive in the final three minutes of the game. Back-up quarterback Ryan Diggins directed the drive and finished it with an 11-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Mike Jasinski. It was the first career touchdown pass for Diggins and the first career touchdown catch for Jasinski.

The Bulldogs had a strong scoring opportunity late in the first half, but starting quarterback T. J. Brown was intercepted at the St. Joseph's one-yard line to end the threat. The Pumas then mounted an 88-yard drive for their final touchdown of the first half.

Butler's best defensive stand of the game came early in the fourth quarter, when St. Joseph's had a first-and-goal situation at the Butler eight-yard line. The Bulldogs held for four plays, with junior Dave Inman and sophomore Chris Marzotto stopping Pumas' tailback Kevin Maurice on the one-yard line on fourth down.

Ford gained 124 yards on 20 carries for the visitors and led St. Joseph's to 180 rushing yards in the game. Junior Billy Nardini topped the Bulldogs with 22 yards on 15 carries.

Brown threw for 158 yards on 12 completions in 31 attempts, but he was intercepted three times. Senior wide receiver Phil Vorndran led the Bulldogs with seven catches for 124 yards, while Jasinski added four receptions for 34 yards.

Sophomore Mike Marzotto led Butler's defense with 13 tackles, his sixth consecutive game with 10 or more tackles. Inman and senior Chris Haynes each added 10 tackles, while Chris Marzotto had six tackles, including two tackles for loss, and a blocked field goal attempt.

The Bulldogs will play their final 2005 road contest at Drake on Oct. 30, before returning to the Butler Bowl to host Dayton on Nov. 5.